24 November, Thimphu: One Health Advocacy meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) was conducted to mark the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) which is observed globally from 18-24 November. WAAW aims to raise awareness on the health risks posed by AMR, promote good practices and limit its spread across the world. This year’s theme is “Antimicrobials: Handle with care”.
The One Health Advocacy meeting created awareness to various one health stakeholders on AMR and encouraged the prudent usage of antimicrobials in respective areas. It was organized by the Department of Livestock with funds from the Ministry of Health.
The meeting chaired by the Director, Department of Livestock was attended by about 25 participants including the representatives from WHO Bhutan, OIE, health, agriculture, livestock, forest, Drug Regulatory Authority and Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan.
Antimicrobials are the essential medicines used to treat the infection with microorganisms like bacteria, virus, fungi and parasites in humans and animals. These agents have substantially reduced the burden of diseases in humans and animals and also contributed to food security and safety.
However, the emergence and spread of AMR in several microorganisms is complicating the management of many infectious diseases. AMR occurs when these microorganisms change naturally and also triggered by inappropriate use, misuse or overuse in humans, animals and plants. AMR endangers animal health and welfare as well as food production and also adversely affects the functioning of human, animal and plant health systems and economies. WHO considered AMR as one of the biggest global threats. Hence, it requires inter-sector collaboration to reduce the emergence and spread of resistant microorganisms.
Experts recommend using antibiotics only when necessary and under strict medical supervision to avoid complications.
-ICTD with inputs from National Centre for Animal Health
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